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Americans want iPhone, buy Android

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(Read caption) The iPhone tops a recent consumer survey, both in terms of desirability and consumer satisfaction. Here, an iPhone 4.

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Despite the gargantuan gains made by Google's Android operating system, the Apple iPhone remains the most desirable handset in North America. That's the gist of a recent poll by the analytics firm ChangeWave, which polled 4,163 consumers in the US and Canada. Of the consumers considering purchasing a smart phone, 46 percent told ChangeWave they were leaning toward the iPhone, while 32 percent said they were eying some sort of Android device.

The ChangeWave team also took a look at current customer satisfaction, and again, Apple came out on top, by a hefty margin. A whopping 70 percent of current iPhone users reported being "very satisfied" with their mobile devices, compared to 50 percent of Android users, and a paltry 27 percent of Windows OS users. (A caveat: 57 percent of Windows Phone 7 users were "very satisfied," compared to 14 percent of Windows Mobile OS users.)


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